How we went from tool and die maker to world-leading friction welding to global leader in joining and welding solutions
In 1926 our founder, Conrad Adams, may not have been able to visualize all the great things ahead for his family’s small tool and die company. However, he could see a bright future solving problems for his customers. Through hard work and a steadfast dedication to solving their most challenging manufacturing problems, the little company from South Bend, Indiana became the world-leader in friction welding technologies, providing engineered solutions from golf putters to jet engines. Today – eight decades and four generations later – MTI’s commitment continues with a solid succession plan and a vision for GREATNESS in place for the next generation. VISIT OUR FULL TIMELINE FOR AN INSIDE LOOK AT MTI’S LAST 90 YEARS!
MTI INGENUITY is how we bring everything together for you. Our focus is on providing you INnovation designed to create new, customized ways to solve your manufacturing problems. Right from the start you will engage a hard-working, dedicated team who has the GENuine know-how, desire, and capability to provide you honest answers and solutions. Our desire to be your joining-solutions partner begins with your first meeting with our team and continues throughout the life of your manufacturing process. Our commitment to being there every step of the way provides you with reassuring ContinUITY. INnovation, GENuine, ContinUITY. It’s how we form INGENUITY. And it’s how we help you bring it all together.
- Global Presence
Developing customized friction welding solutions for customers in many different industries and countries is how we became the global leader. We have over 800 friction welders on six continents, purchased by satisfied customers including research centers dedicated to the promotion and development of innovative uses of friction welding. MTI continues to be at the forefront on how to use force and motion for advances in manufacturing. With a total of five locations across three different countries, MTI’s global headquarters is based out of South Bend, Indiana. We also provide on-site manufacturing welding services from our second South Bend facility and our facility in Kingswinford, England. These two locations are also service centers while Tamworth, England and Kolárovo, Slovakia are home to our ProSpot resistance welding divisions.
- Seamless Integration
We’re here to help you with complete technical solutions and manufacturing support. That means everything from Weld Development to Process Design, Machine Specifying to Machine Build and Installation, Service and Spare Parts to Preventative Maintenance and Remote Diagnostics, and Manufacturing Services to Next Generation Manufacturing. Our approach is not just about helping you join two pieces of metal together. It is about how we work closely with your team to solve your manufacturing problems. This approach allows us to provide you seamlessly integrated manufacturing cells that meet your production needs – another way we help you bring it all together.
- Commitment to Service and Support
We are committed to you for the long term. This means providing you world-leading service and support along with the best engineering and friction welding knowledge base in the industry. Competent, worldwide service, knowledge documentation, trained technicians, and application engineers back every solution we provide. Our solutions are specifically customized to take into account where you are in your manufacturing process. For example, our Parts Assurance Program allows you to keep producing parts while your machine undergoes scheduled maintenance, while it’s being built, or if you need extra production capacity. Our extensive maintenance packages, remote diagnostics, machine upgrades, alignment and calibration services, 24-hour accessibility, and more demonstrate our commitment to keeping your manufacturing process operating cost-efficiently and effectively.
- The MTI Way
At MTI, everything starts with vision. Our vision for MTI is Greatness that we measure via our progress towards Engineering Excellence, World Class Manufacturing, Proud Employees and Customers, and Responsible Financial Management. In order to achieve Greatness, we rely on our core values and company culture to guide us as we seek to continually improve our position as the global leader in joining solutions. We are singularly committed and vigilant in our efforts to follow this path for the benefit of our customers and employees. As part of this commitment, we continue to add invaluable items to our toolbox, such as the MTI Execution Pyramid. This helps us solve vision, leadership, execution, and growth problems in our efforts to engage, foster, and shape our desired culture through vision, strategy, and agreements. Another important tool is our Supported Accountability process, which positively strengthens and resolves problems in every engagement. This process helps employees set expectations, define ownership, commit the needed resources, and measure and review the outcome so that learning and improvement can occur.
- Supporting Our Community
We believe in being a good member of our community, so we’re firmly committed to giving back to make life better for everyone. For instance, to demonstrate our belief in education, we volunteer our time with students by helping to get STEM programs into local middle schools, and working with Junior Achievement. We also sponsor a student in the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program for technology entrepreneurs. At MTI, we take our civic duty seriously, and truly support the concept of servant leadership.
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Nadcap Management Council Certifications:
• AS7003 (SAE Aerospace Standard – UK)
• AS7003 (SAE Aerospace Standard – USA)
National Quality Assurance, USA:
• ISO 9001:2015 and AS 9100:2016
Bureau Vertias Certifications:
• ISO 9001:2016 (AS9001) (AS9100D), UK
• ISO 9001:2015
• MTIW Quality Policy Statement_2023, UK
MTI is located right in the heart of Michiana, a thriving, culturally diverse region straddling the border of southwestern Michigan and northern Indiana. Michiana encompasses the beaches of Lake Michigan, nationally recognized wineries, the University of Notre Dame plus regional campuses of Indiana and Purdue Universities, and a dynamic blend of high-tech and manufacturing businesses. It’s a shopping and tourist destination, an action-packed home to a range of recreational opportunities, and filled with activities, events, and attractions for all seasons.
The Michiana area offers a captivating blend of urban and rural settings, large companies and small businesses, and affordable living in quaint historic neighborhoods and brand-new suburban developments. Year-round cultural attractions add zest to all four seasons, like Notre Dame football weekends, holiday parades, art and music festivals, wine tastings, and one of the country’s largest county fairs. A wide range of excellent public and private schools fill the area, along with a variety of colleges. Need a quick getaway? Chicago, Indianapolis, and other major cities are close by. Bike-friendly, business-friendly, and family-friendly, you’ll find an ideal quality of life here.
MTI enjoys calling the Michiana area our home. You’ll find several farmers’ markets filled with fresh, locally grown food selections. Unique farm-to-fork restaurants, craft breweries, and wineries offer excellent dining and entertainment choices. The South Bend Cubs play to enthusiastic fans in an amenity-filled stadium, and golf courses, lakes, and hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails dot the recreational landscape. Art galleries and museums welcome those who want to browse and linger. Shoppers can indulge themselves in one of the Midwest’s largest retail districts, or the fascinating boutiques and one-of-kind stores tucked away in every corner of Michiana. With something for everyone, it’s easy to see why there’s so much to enjoy.
Those who love the outdoors have much to appreciate here, no matter the season. The aquatic wonders of Lake Michigan are close by, offering relaxing beaches and miles of scenic shoreline to explore, along with big-water boating and fishing. Numerous inland lakes provide endless recreational delights, like fishing, swimming, skiing, and tubing. Discover the assortment of city, county, and state parks. You can hike, camp, see deer and other creatures up close, enjoy a family picnic, and go inner tubing in the winter or kayaking in the summer. Nature preserves are ideal for those who enjoy contemplating their quiet beauty.
Looking to get off the beaten path? Learn more about the unique Amish culture, from watching horse-drawn buggies on country roads, to visiting Amish Acres for an up-close view of a working farm. Marvel at the bright colors in the Quilt Gardens along the famed Heritage Trail. Peaceful rivers and streams bring joy to canoeists and kayakers. Picturesque hiking and biking trails wind through apple orchards, vineyards, lush farmland, and soothing woodlands. Pick your own fruit in the summer, and your own apples and pumpkins in the fall. Simple, quiet pleasures worth savoring are waiting to be discovered.
Businesses need a healthy infrastructure and ample local resources to prosper. The Michiana region provides the right balance of strength, low taxation, and a supportive environment for entrepreneurs and established business to thrive. At the heart of our healthy economy is a large, highly skilled, and motivated workforce Indiana is a right-to-work state. Learn More About the Business Environment